Team Sally Army part of Guinness World Record achievement
published on 24 Feb 2021
55 Salvation Army runners are now Guinness World Record holders after they took part in the largest ever virtual marathon.
After the 2020 London Marathon was called off in its traditional format in October due to the pandemic, over 37,000 people who were due to run took to local parks, roads and attractions to complete their own 26.2-mile course.
Team Sally Army runners joined with thousands of others across the globe in the virtual event, which has been confirmed as holding the record of ‘most users to run a remote marathon in 24 hours’.
Angela Carlucci, The Salvation Army's Events Fundraising Manager, said: “We feel so proud to be part of this Guinness World Record. Despite our runners not being able to complete the London Marathon as they expected to, they still put their heart, soul and body into raising vital funds for The Salvation Army and found new ways to complete their challenge. We can’t wait for this year’s event!”
The Salvation Army is encouraging runners to take part in the 2021 London Marathon in aid of the church and charity through the organisation’s charity places or via ballot entries.
Public ballot applications are still open for the virtual marathon, or people can apply for a virtual charity place and be part of the effort to break the record set in 2020.
Funds raised from running for The Salvation Army will go towards supporting victims of modern slavery, or participants can choose to raise money for specific Salvation Army projects or corps.